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PM Modi’s four-nation tour to Muslims in UP: Top stories to watch out for

PM embarks on four nation tour, how Muslims in UP feel under new BJP government, North Korea fires missile off Japan, Emmanuel Macron to meet Putin: Here are the stories to watch out for.

india Updated: May 29, 2017 11:37 IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi left for a four-nation tour on Monday.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi left for a four-nation tour on Monday. (PTI File Photo)

From Prime Minister Narendra Modi embarking on a four-nation tour to North Korea firing a missile, here are the top stories to look out for:

‘Isn’t this our country?’ Why Muslims in Uttar Pradesh feel shaken, ‘harassed’

The feeling of distrust between the BJP government and Muslims in Uttar Pradesh has grown after the recent assembly elections. It is clear the community is shaken, disturbed, and worried. Read the story here.

Man killed for objecting public urination: Naidu says victim promoted Swachh Bharat

Union minister Venkaiah Naidu sought action on Monday against those who beat a 32-year-old e-rickshaw driver to death allegedly for objecting to some men urinating on the roadside in north Delhi’s GTB Nagar on Saturday evening. “He was promoting Swachh Bharat. I spoke to the police commissioner and asked him to take the strongest action possible against the culprits,” tweeted Naidu, minister for housing and urban poverty alleviation. Read the story here.

PM Modi embarks on four-nation tour; cooperation, terror on agenda

Bilateral cooperation on economic, defence, science and technology, and nuclear fronts, parleys on EU-India Free Trade Agreement, and fight against terror will top Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s agenda during his four-nation tour of Europe from Monday. Modi will visit Germany for the biannual Inter-Governmental Consultations (IGC); Spain on what will be an Indian Prime Minister’s first visit in nearly 30 years; Russia for the annual bilateral summit; and France for his first meeting with newly elected President Emmanuel Macron. Read the story here.

Stone-pelters in Kashmir will be dealt with iron fist: Govt

The government remains firm on its Kashmir strategy, promising to deal with stone-pelters with an iron fist but keeping option for dialogue open if they shun violence. “They (stone-pelters) will be killed, if they raise arms,” a senior leader of the ruling BJP said on Sunday. “There cannot be dialogue with stone in your hands.” This is a firm rejection of demands from a section of the opposition to open dialogue with separatist leaders in Kashmir to restore normalcy. Read the story here.

Supreme Court to hear plea of liquor companies in Bihar

The Supreme Court will hear a plea of liquor manufacturers in Bihar seeking extension of time to dispose of their old stocks worth Rs 200 crore. The deadline ends on 31 May. On 21 May the Court refused to extend the license of four liquor companies in the state.

SC to hear petition on moving mobile towers away from jails in Rajasthan

The Supreme Court will hear a petition challenging the Rajasthan High Court order asking service providers to remove their mobile towers from within 500 metres of jails owing to the threat of radiation. The Cellular Operators Association of India has said in its plea that compliance with the order would disrupt services to 8 million subscribers.

North Korea fires short-range ballistic missile off western Japan

North Korea fired a short-range ballistic missile that landed in Japan’s maritime economic zone Monday, officials said, in the latest in a string of test launches as the North seeks to build nuclear-tipped ICBMs that can reach the US mainland. The suspected Scud-type missile launched from the coastal town of Wonsan flew about 450 kilometers (280 miles), the South’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement. It landed in Japan’s exclusive maritime economic zone, which is set about 200 nautical miles off the Japanese coast. There was no report of damage to planes or vessels in the area. Read the story here.

French President Emmanuel Macron to host Vladimir Putin in latest diplomatic test

France’s new President Emmanuel Macron was to host Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Monday in the latest test of his diplomatic mettle after vowing firm stands on Ukraine and Syria. “It is essential to talk to Russia because there are many international issues that will not be resolved without a tough exchange with the Russians,” Macron said at the G7 summit in Sicily which wound up on Saturday. Read the story here.

‘Humour will always win’: Manchester comedy club sees laughter as best medicine

Days after a bomb ripped through the Manchester Arena, locals take their seats at a comedy club where British humour is helping people cope with the aftermath of the terror attack. British Prime Minister Theresa May’s move to raise the country’s threat level to “critical” saw people adopt the hashtag “BritishThreatLevels” on Twitter to describe the moments that would really terrify them. “Eye contact on the Tube,” wrote one user of etiquette on the London underground. Read the story here.

India’s ethical hackers rewarded abroad but treated with suspicion at home

Kanishk Sajnani did not receive so much as a thank you from a major Indian airline when he contacted them with alarming news -- he had hacked their website and could book flights anywhere in the world for free. It was a familiar tale for India’s army of “ethical hackers”, who earn millions protecting foreign corporations and global tech giants from cyber attacks but are largely ignored at home, their skills and altruism misunderstood or distrusted. India produces more ethical hackers -- those who break into computer networks to expose, rather than exploit, weaknesses -- than anywhere else in the world. Read the story here.